Advisory Board

The SUNM Advisory Board is comprised of two internal and three external members. Advisory Board members represent a cross section of manual medicine, higher education, business, and government affairs. A diversity of perspectives is an important aspect of the Advisory Board’s function. Prospective Advisory Board members are identified by existing Advisory Board members or members of SUNM faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Directors.

Professor John D. Blum

Professor Blum is a Beazley Professor of Health Law Policy at Loyola University Chicago and an adjunct professor of medical humanities in Loyola & Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Medicine. Prior to coming to Loyola, Professor Blum held positions on the faculties of Penn State and Boston University, and was a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the spring of 1993 he was a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall and the University of British Columbia Faculties of Law under the auspices of the U.S.-Canada Fulbright program. He has served as a consultant to USAID in Indonesia where he worked on the development of a curriculum in public health law for use in schools of public health. He has many years of experience in health law and policy, and is very active in research in these areas, with a particular focus on legal issues in medical quality assurance.

Rick Miera

Rick Miera earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Albuquerque in 1973. He has worked as a therapist, drug counselor, and program administrator for over 40 years working primarily with young adults and at-risk populations. He served as Coordinator of the drug/alcohol program at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry, Bernalillo County Mental Health Center. He is a licensed alcohol/drug counselor and former Director of Ayuda, a drug-counseling program and mental health facility serving Juveniles in Bernalillo County. Rick is also a successful small business owner. He served as a 12-term New Mexico State Representative for District 11, representing the downtown corridor of Albuquerque. He is a former Chairman of the House Education Committee and the House Labor and Human Resources Committee, a former Co-Chair of the Legislative Education Study Committee, a former House Majority Leader and served in several other capacities.

Senator Pete Campos

Senator Pete Campos has been a New Mexico State Senator since 1991 for District 8, which covers seven counties in Northern NM. During this time he was the Majority Party Caucus Chair, the Committee’s Committee, the Education Committee, Legislative Ethics Committee and many others. He was president of Luna Community College from July 2008 to June 2015. He served in the following capacities for New Mexico Highlands University from 1991 to present: conferred with six university presidents regarding operational budgets, capital outlay projects and other private and program funding; guest lecturer; served as master of ceremonies and guest speaker for university and community related events on the campus. He served in the following capacities for Las Vegas City Schools: Superintendent (April 2004 to June 2008); Acting Superintendent (February 2004 to March 2004); Interim Superintendent (December 2003 to February 2004) and Associate Superintendent for Support Services (August 1993 to June 2008). He was the Mayor of Santa Rosa from 1986 to 1990. He was a High School Counselor for the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools from 1978 to 1982. And He was a restaurant co-owner with his parents for 25 years.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan began his professional career in the hospitality and lodging business after serving in the U.S. Army and receiving his degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. With twenty-eight successful years in the hospitality and lodging industry he held various, single unit, regional and corporate management leadership positions with such companies as Harley Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Promus Hotels (now part of Hilton Hotels) then the parent of Red Lion Hotels, Doubletree Hotels, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns and Homewood Suites. In 2000, Paul joined Career Education Corporation as President of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Shortly thereafter he served as Vice President and Managing Director of the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Schools North America. As the company grew, he became Senior Vice President of Operations for all of the company’s colleges and schools. Later, as Group President of all of the company’s Health (22 campuses), Culinary (16 campuses) and Art and Design (9 campuses) schools he was responsible for the strategic and operational successes of forty-seven campuses with revenue exceeding $700 million of the company’s $2 billion. As part of an exceptional senior executive corporate leadership team that helped build Career Education Corporation into the nation’s second largest for profit education company. He is an executive that has a track record of providing exceptional results to all constituencies. He is results-focused with a track record of providing effective solutions with people, finance, business strategies, strategic partnerships, operations, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups and business turn-around.

Dr. Patrick Nuzzo

Patrick Nuzzo started his journey in Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) in 1974 when he began his studies to become a nutritionist. He worked as an independent contractor in the natural foods industry formulating, marketing and distributing nutritional supplements. Dr. Nuzzo developed several lines of nutritional supplements for the natural foods industry including a sports nutrition line for Walter Payton whom he partnered with in the venture, and developed products for Kraft General Foods and Anheuser Busch. In 1979, he began his Naprapathic education and graduated in 1983. Since then Dr. Nuzzo has opened, staffed and managed successful Naprapathic practices in Santa Barbara, California; Arlington Heights, Illinois; Lake Zurich, Illinois; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2000, he helped introduce the Naprapathic Practice Act of New Mexico, and in 2004 got it signed into law making it possible for Naprapaths to practice in New Mexico. In 2006, Dr. Nuzzo was issued a license in New Mexico to open a Naprapathic college and grant the degree of Doctor of Naprapathic Medicine. In 2006, he incorporated Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SUNM) and began the process of accreditation in 2007 after developing the curriculum for the Naprapathic degree. SUNM opened in 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.